Pinocchio

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QUOTES

A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face.

- Pinocchio ( 1940)

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Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday, you will be a real boy.

- Pinocchio ( 1940)

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Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide.

- Pinocchio ( 1940)

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Give a bad boy enough rope, and he'll soon make a jackass of himself.

- Pinocchio ( 1940)

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Blue Fairy: You must learn to choose between right and wrong.

Pinocchio: Right and wrong? But how will I know?

Jiminy Cricket: [watching] How'll he know!

Blue Fairy: [to Pinocchio] Your conscience will tell you.

Pinocchio: What's a conscience?

Jiminy Cricket: What's a conscience! I'll tell ya! A conscience is that still small voice that people won't listen to. That's just the trouble with the world today...

Pinocchio: Are you my conscience?

Jiminy Cricket: Who, me?

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FACTS

Figaro was Walt Disney's favourite character. Disney pushed for the kitten to appear in the film as much as possible. After the film, Disney swapped Minnie Mouse's little cocker spaniel with Figaro.

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Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colours.

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According to sequence director Jack Kinney, despite casting Christian Rub's role as the voice of Geppetto, he was actually revealed as a Nazi sympathizer who drove the animation crew crazy with his ramblings about the glories of Adolf Hitler. They eventually got even with him when they did the live-action shooting for the scene with Geppetto fishing from inside Monstro the whale. Here, they had Rub on a makeshift stage where he pretended to fish while the stage was jostled by some grips who "rocked the boat" to give the desired effect and effectively giving Rub a ride he never forgot.

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The August 1993 issue of Playboy cited 43 instances of violence and other unfavorable behavior in this film, including 23 instances of battery, nine acts of property damage, three slang uses of the word "jackass", three acts of violence involving animals, two shots of male nudity, and one instance of implied death.

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During the musical number "When You Wish Upon a Star", when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland". started developing these two stories for the big screen at the time of this film's release, and they would be released as Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).

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Walt Disney wasn't happy with progress on the film so halted it halfway through production to rethink the story and redesign the characters.

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When Foulfellow attempts to coax Pinocchio to go to Pleasure Island, he gives him a card with an Ace of Spades on it, calling it his "ticket". In popular myth and folklore, the Ace of Spades is referred to as "The Death Card"

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Carlo Collodi was really Carlo Lorenzini, a journalist and rabble-rouser who settled down to write children's stories. He took his pen name from the town of his mother's birth, Collodi. When he originally published "Pinocchio" in the form of a magazine serial, Lorenzini's intention was to kill Pinocchio by having him hang himself. At the suggestion of his editor, Lorenzini added chapters sixteen to thirty-two, giving the story a happy ending and creating the character of the Blue Fairy.

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Evelyn Venable, who was the physical model and voice of The Blue Fairy, was the model for the original Columbia Studios logo.

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The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (as well as the prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was created by using the rotoscope technique.

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When picked up his honorary Oscar statuettes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), he told the Academy Award audience about Pinocchio, which was still in production, holding their attention for a full twenty-five minutes.

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The theme song from Pinocchio, "When You Wish upon a Star", was ranked #7 in the 2004 American Film Institute's List of the Top Movie Songs of All Time, the highest-ranking song on the list among Disney animated films.

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This was originally intended to be the studio's third film, after Bambi (1942), but given the long, tedious process for that film, it eventually got bumped down in favour of this one.

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John Musker and Ron Clements would consult on how Pinocchio (1940) achieved its underwater effects when they were in the process of developing The Little Mermaid (1989).

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